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12 July 2011

Flybe Training Academy signs first Q400 Simulator customer

Flybe, Europe’s leading regional airline and the UK’s Number One Domestic carrier, has today announced that the first customer to sign a contract for use of the Dash-8 Q400 Full Flight Simulator at its new multi-million pound Training Academy in Exeter is Nigerian-based Arik Air.

The Flybe Training Academy was officially opened in April this year by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Honourable George Osborne, MP and offers technical, pilot, cabin crew and customer service courses in addition to simulator training to regional airlines worldwide. The facility features 26 classrooms, an engineering workshop, and a flight simulator and cabin door trainer complex. In 2012 Flybe will receive delivery of a brand new E-Jet Full Flight Simulator.

Andrew Rosser, Director Flybe Training Academy, comments: “We are delighted that Arik Air has chosen us for their Q400 simulator training and we look forward to welcoming them to Exeter.”

Arik Air’s Director of Flight Operations, Captain Ado Sanusi said: “Training is an ongoing priority for us and this is why we collaborate with world class specialist training providers like Flybe. From pilots to cabin crew, from flight dispatchers to ground staff, Arik Air invests heavily in training and developing its core teams to focus on providing levels of service that win the airline the loyalty of its guests.”